Sunday, May 29, 2011

Divergent - Veronica Roth


Divergent
by Veronica Roth


Holy macaroni, people!  If you haven't read this book yet, drop everything you are doing and read it this weekend. You won't regret it, trust me.

Goodreads Blurb:
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

This is one of those books I'm not sure I'm worthy of reviewing. How do you express in words the power of a book like this? IT. WAS. UNBELIEVABLE! So was this review by Sara McClung from Babbling Flow, by the way. 

I'm not going to repeat the blurb, because that's what blurbs are for, but I will tell you this: Tris is a strong, kick-butt female MC with just the right amount of vulnerability; Four is hot, hot, hot; the world Veronica built is one I hope we never see, and she made it REAL. The ending is a cliff-hanger so suspenseful that it's almost painful. Sounds pretty great, huh?  IT. IS.

When (because "if" is unacceptable) you read this book, plan to get thoroughly pulled in and don't forget to buckle up--it's a very wild ride!! 

21 comments:

Charmaine Clancy said...

I've just started reading it! All a bit strange at this stage, but I'm expecting great things :)

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Buttercup said...

This sounds terrific. It's on my reading list. Thanks!

Meredith said...

Sigh. Four. I heart him so much. And Tris is an amazing protagonist--you're right, this book is unbelievable.

Cherry said...

Uh-uh, I hate cliffhanger endings... maybe I'll wait till the next book comes out to get this one...

Natalie Aguirre said...

My reserve of this book just came in at the library. I can't wait!

Old Kitty said...

Sounds like a fun read!! Thanks for the review!! Take care
x

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I've been hearing great things about this one, and you've just set my course for the bookstore!

Jemi Fraser said...

This book is at the very top of my wishlist! It's a crazy time at school for the next few weeks, but it'll be my present to myself on my first day of holidays! :)

Heather said...

I keep hearing the most amazing things about this novel. I can hardly wait to read it!

Regina said...

I've heard so many great things about this book. I can't wait to read it. Sounds amazing!

Alexia561 said...

Great review, as you make me want to drop everything and pick up a copy right now! :)

Mary Mary said...

Secrets, secrets, and more secrets! It's this kind of element that hooks you and just draws you right in!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

I'm intrigued. Thanks for this review.

Ishta Mercurio said...

I really liked this one, too - although the ending bugged me. But I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't read the whole thing yet. I'll just say: WHY did she KEEP it? And yes, Four is pretty amazing. I love how he expects her to do great things and stand on her own two feet.

I was really lucky to get to meet Veronica Roth a few days ago when she came to Canada with Lauren Oliver on a book tour. She's pretty smart, so I'm sure she's got something awesome planned for Book Two. I just wish I didn't have to wait for it!

Joanne Fritz said...

Yes yes yes! I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this back in March and I've been pushing it on people ever since. Glad you loved it too, Shannon!

Stephanie Thornton said...

I've picked this one up at Barnes and Noble twice and have put it back down due to the already huge size of my book pile. But now you've convinced me--I have to have it!

bfav said...

I completely agree. I uber love this book. I'm making all my friends and family read it.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Sounds like a must read. Great review.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Can't wait to read this. My hold at the library just came in.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

I'm currently reading this. Took a bit to get into, but now I'm totally hooked.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

holy crap, holy crap!!! I just finished it. WOW!

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